David Longley: My Favourite Things
The cynical comic is unafraid to explore dark and unlikely comedic avenues
This article is from 2012.
Getting things started with a brief chat about cognitive dissonance, quantum mechanics and his youngest son it is difficult to see how David Longley has gained a reputation as a fearless comic with severely blurred lines of acceptability regarding content. So tainted is his past in fact, the northern Englishman has been warned never to set foot in Liverpool again.
Ever the pessimist, Longley doesn't shy away from expressing his cynical views towards a variety of issues whilst all the time painting himself in the best possible light. Experiences of racism, infidelity and the death of his grandfather are all explored at length and while each subject is accompanied by the occasional humorous anecdote the atmosphere is laced with melancholy and gloom.
It would be unfair to suggest that the seriousness of the routine is to the detriment of the performance and while the lack of sensitivity occasionally induces gritted teeth amongst the audience, Longley displays an aptitude at gleaning comedy from the most dark and unlikely of places.
Stand II, 558 7272, until 26th August, 4.40pm, £7--£8.